Maundy Thursday- Luke 22

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”He withdrew about a  stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,”Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like large drops of blood falling on the ground.

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.”Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

 

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

 

 

 

And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the  sword?”And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

 

 

 

But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

 

 

 

 

 

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.

But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

 

A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

 

 

 

 

About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”And he went outside and wept bitterly.

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